Archangels - the way I read your post was not really about LAWL (from what I've heard and read about the program, I don't blame you for not wanting to work for them) but more about losing your unemployment benefits due to not wanting to work for them after taking the position.
I find it interesting that even though the company uses the LA/Southern California image as a marketing tool, they are not based here in California, and last time I checked no centers in California at all, much less LA. Pretty ironic, eh?
I don't know what state you are in - but have you discussed this with your unemployment office? They might have a solution for you - you can't possibly be the *only* person that has been in this situation. It couldn't hurt to ask.
And BTW, we actually had a thread not too long ago here in the Buyer Beware forum regarding LAWL. It got pretty heated, but made for interesting reading. I personally tend to shy away from posting negative comments about a diet plan in a thread meant to be 'support' for that particular program, but you might try sending a Private Message (PM) to some of the regulars at that thread. As I've noted in the past on various other posts, people tend to get very defensive about whatever diet plan they are on - whether it be LAWL, WW, Jenny Craig, SlimFast, etc.
Just my two cents - but I feel you might want to talk to your state employment office (or if they have a website, check there).
Welcome to 3FC BTW - and best wishes to you